St Mirren manager Jim Goodwin was unable to hide his relief after his side toppled Hearts in a huge bottom-of-the-table clash at the Simple Digital Arena.

The Buddies ran out 1-0 winners against the Jambos to put six points between the sides in the table.

Goodwin’s side deserved all three points (Photo by Ben Banks)

St Mirren are up to ninth with the win, and now have a two-point lead over Hamilton, who drop back into the relegation play-off place as a result.

It was a really poor performance from the visitors given what was at stake, and Jonathan Obika’s goal early in the second half should have prompted a response, but in truth Daniel Stendel’s side never looked like equalising.

Given the enormity of the occasion, it ended up being a relatively stress-free clash for St Mirren, who will take massive encouragement from the win, especially after Hamilton’s recent results.

Stendel’s Hearts look to be in real trouble (Photo by Ewan Bootman/NurPhoto via Getty Images)

Speaking after the game, Goodwin paid tribute to his players. He said: “I am delighted. It’s a big night for the club, the biggest game of the season.

“It was massive that we didn’t lose the game first and foremost. In my own head, I wanted to make sure we kept the gap at three points at least.

“The fact we’re sitting here now and we’ve managed to extend that gap to six points is a huge relief.

St Mirren are now two points clear of 11th-placed Hamilton (Photo by Ben Banks)

“Sometimes managers get credit for tactics or formations or different systems or the changes that they make during the game but tonight’s not about me. I can take no credit for that there tonight. That was a performance that the players deserve all the plaudits for.

“It was a performance of sheer attitude, character, desire, resilience – everything that you want from a group of players I felt I got tonight and there wasn’t one below-par [individual] performance. I’m really, really pleased.”

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